Seat of Learning   ,  Jane Lackey and Thomas Lehn scale model, 2016 and vintage school desk, circa 1920

Seat of Learning, Jane Lackey and Thomas Lehn scale model, 2016 and vintage school desk, circa 1920

Seat of Learning is an art installation within layered architectural space, centered around how we learn and re-learn from material objects. Learning is much like growing and shedding skins, expanding as each skin stretches over the last or reducing as old layers are teased apart to release, re-define, forget or acknowledge the past. Seat of Learning mirrors this process through its architectural form and emphasis on layered passage. Over the past 2 years, Lackey and Lehn have interviewed close to 70 individuals who responded to public calls asking them to bring an object that has been meaningful over time. Each person was interviewed, answering questions about their object and what they have learned from it. A selection of objects and edited audio stories and videos will be sequenced throughout the installation. 

Sometimes one has to know something many times over. Sometimes one forgets, and then remembers. And then forgets, and then remembers. And then forgets again.

Maggie Nelson, The Argonauts, pg. 18

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